Alexandra & Justin’s Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Grand Bohemian Hotel Wedding

Alexandra and Justin’s wedding, planned by Handley Breaux Designs, was such a pleasure to shoot and the vendor team did an outstanding job at delivering her dream day. The bride and groom, their families and wedding party incredibly sweet and so much fun! We were blessed with mild, breezy weather (unusual for May in Alabama) for their outdoor ceremony at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and it couldn’t have been more gorgeous! I was thrilled to be a part of this beautiful wedding. Here are some of my favorite images from Alexandra and Justin’s storybook day.

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Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | 2nd Shooter: Emily Walker Kicklighter | Planner: Handley Breaux Designs | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Hair & Make Up: Leslie Corts and Carol Grubbs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids (Birmingham, AL) | Floral Design: Lagniappe Designs | Cake Artists: Magic Muffins and Pastry Art Bake Shoppe | Invitation Suite: Annabelle’s

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Sarah & Bubba’s Birmingham Wedding at Swann Lake Stables

Sarah was a sweet, beautiful and relaxed bride. She gracefully meandered around Swann Lake Stables barn and grounds bordering the Cahaba River in her Kelly Faetanini dress, Toni Federici veil and Badgley Mischka heels. Bubba, her adoring groom, wore a formal white dinner jacket well. Humphrey Bogart would be impressed. The bridesmaids wore lovely in their soft blush pink dresses by Wtoo.

Sarah & Bubba’s  details were perfectly curated by Courtney Wolf of Invision Events, with a nod to the groom’s love of hunting, especially turkey hunting. Turkey feathers were thoughtfully placed into all white flower arrangements by Hot House Design Studio. And, the subject of many guests’ iPhone cameras was the amazingly detailed wild turkey groom’s cake. Even the feathers were edible!

I always say I have the sweetest couples and families and I really do! I feel so blessed! Sarah’s Mom and I hit it off from the first time we met over coffee to discuss the wedding and my possible role as their photographer. I’m so thankful they chose me. It was a privilege and a pleasure to capture their wedding story. It was perfect. You can also see this amazing wedding on Borrowed & Blue here.

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Photography: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner: Invision Events | Floral Design: Hot House Design Studio | Props: Prop House Birmingham| Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Tuxes: Mr. Burch | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Veil: Toni Federici | Bridesmaides Dresses: Wtoo by Watters | Catering: D’Armond Catering | Cake Artist: Magic Muffin | Hair & Makeup Artist: Emily Summerville: Videographer: Clay Carroll Production | Band: Heart Tu Heart | Ceremony Musicians: Cahaba River Strings

Melissa & Paulk’s Wedding Day on the Plains of Auburn

I met Melissa and Paulk for the first time over coffee at Octane in Birmingham and immediately liked them. I loved that they both came to meet with me so that Paulk could also be a part of the decision making, and they were so real, warm and kind. I was thrilled when Melissa called me a few days later to let me know that I would be the one to tell their wedding day story, which would take place at Auburn United Methodist Church and Moores Mill Club, with planning by Invision Events. But first, I would spend an afternoon together with them for their Engagement Session and then later, a Bridal Session with Melissa. Three opportunities to get to be with this sweet couple! What a privilege for me!

In addition to forming a friendship, I’d like to tell you another beautiful result of my getting to know Melissa. She is a nurse at Children’s of Alabama and is passionate about her job helping children. Just a few weeks ago, our dear family friends’ 6th grade daughter underwent open heart surgery. The night before her surgery, I texted Melissa to see if by some crazy chance she would be working the next morning. She immediately texted back that she was. God is faithful as always, and Melissa was there that morning, provided support to our friends and took great care of their sweet girl, even making sure she had some of her favorite treats. I love seeing the beautiful webs God weaves between people to carry out His purpose for His glory. I hope Melissa and I will always stay in touch. She’s a gem! Paulk knows it too!

Here’s some of my favorite images from there wedding day. Enjoy…

 

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Photography: Heather Durham | Planner: Invision Events | Floral Design: Stanley Sistrunk, The Flower Store | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Woo from BHLDN | Suits: Joseph A Bank | Band: Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces | Classic Car: Bride’s family private collection

Melissa’s Bridal Session

Melissa got married this past weekend, so I’m so excited to finally share her Bridal Session we shot a few weeks before. It stormed all afternoon before our session and we were worried it might not happen, but thankfully it cleared just in time.

I love the clean lines and movement of her Gown by Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings. Just beautiful! Here are some of my favorite shots of this sweet bride…

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